VC Book Spotlight, Pebble Creek

Amish fiction, Pebble Creek Series Comments: 12

Pebble Creek Series, VC Book Spotlight

This week I want to tell you about my Pebble Creek series. My wonderful editor at Harvest House, Kim Moore, asked me to write an Amish romance. I could set it anywhere, and it could be about anything. I’d written about Pennsylvania and Indiana, so I wanted to try somewhere new–somewhere different! WiscoPC collagensin was both of those things.

My husband and I travelled to the Cashton area and spent a week there. We learned a lot and met many sweet, helpful people–both Amish and Englisch. I learned that the Amish in Wisconsin live very differently from the Amish in Indiana or Pennsylvania! Though their way of living was more old-fashioned, they had the same sweet spirit and attitude as other Amish I had met.

But I couldn’t just write a romance. I needed to dive into Amish life! So the first book is about an Amish schoolteacher (a subject I found fascinating). The second is about an Amish woman who is managing a group of cabins, and the third is about an Amish woman who dreams of opening her own cafe. I loved these stories, and they did so well, that Harvest House agreed to let me write two FREE short stories (one to introduce the series and one to wrap it up). In case you haven’t tried them, the order is–

I do hope you will give them a try. If you’ve already read them, share this post with someone else! And if you’d like free bookmarks of the Pebble Creek series, just use the Connect/Contact button above and put your address in the message line. I’d be happy to mail you some.

Blessings,

V

ps – Donna’ Bookshelf is currently reviewing all of my books including the Pebble Creek series. Bop on over to her site to enter to win a copy. We even have prize packages.

 

VC Book Spotlight, Christmas

Amish fiction, Christmas stories, fiction spotlight Comments: 10

asacChristmas Books, VC Book Spotlight

I thought I’d spend the next few weeks introducing some of my writing to you wonderful folks who stop by my blog. If you’ve been here all along, you’ll be familiar with most of these. If you’re new, then you might find something you didn’t know about. Either way, I hope you enjoy the spotlights.

Who doesn’t love a good Christmas story? A Simple Amish Christmas was the first Amish book I published. At the time, I hadn’t visited an Amish community yet, but I did a lot of research. Also, many of my author friends helped me with questions. I was quite humbled by the reception you all gave this book. It’s the story of a girl who loves her family and community and faith, but longs for something more. How does God reconcile the longings of her heart with the facts of her life? That’s the story of Annie, and I hope you enjoy it.

xmas quilt, newslA Simple Amish Christmas far surpassed the publisher’s expectations, and they asked me to write a sequel. They were coming out with a new line of books called the Quilts of Love series, and they thought another story about Annie would fit right in. When I began writing The Christmas Quilt, I was a little lost. I didn’t know how to write an entire story based on the making of a quilt. Then at church one day my pastor spoke on the 9 fruits of the spirit. I was writing about a 9 patch quilt! BINGO! I had my story. The rest is … fictional history.

I’m very grateful to everyone who has written me about these two books and the impact it had on their lives. If you haven’t tried either one, now is a great time to pick up a Christmas book! It’s a time of year I love–it speaks of family and love and the birth of our Savior.

Blessings,

V

SIMPLE Ways to Improve Your Health

Amish facts/history, Healthy living

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I thought for the month of August that I would share some things I have observed while visiting the Amish–things that I think would improve our health. I’m not a nutritionist, but I am a mom and a wife and I like to think that I’m a fairly healthy person.

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One thing I notice when I’m at an Amish home is that the women are very busy. It sort of wears me out to watch them. It’s not that they’re rushing around taking kids to soccer, etc. But they do Continue reading

Photo Captions

Amish photos

Winners for Photo Contest

I’ve really enjoyed your responses for my July posts. A big thank you to everyone who entered! Below are the photos (with captions), followed by our list of winners. Let me assure you, it was HARD to pick! Your captions were so much fun. Thank you for brightening my day.

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Our winners were Patricia Tucker, Marie Goetz, Char Nielson, and Britney Adams. Ladies, I’ve sent you an email so please check for it and email me back. If you can’t find the email, just email me through the Connect/Contact button at the top of this page.

For the month of August our posts will focus on Four Simple Ways to Improve Your Health. I’ll be sharing some of the things I’ve learned from visiting the Amish. Be sure and check back!

Blessings,
V

Summer Photos, Week 4

Amish photos, Contest, Pebble Creek Series

Photo #4, Summer Fun

This is our last July Photo. I can’t tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your comments! Remember–I post a photo and you give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. I’ve contacted last week’s winner. Next week, I’ll post all of the photos again with the captions.

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I took this photo in Cashton, Wisconsin. We had stopped by an Amish gentleman’s home, and he kindly offered to let us see the schoolhouse located on the corner of his property. His faithful dog followed us to the school and back again.

Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.

Blessings,

V

 

Summer Photos, Week 3

Amish photos, Contest

Photo #3, Summer Fun

We’re still having fun with photos. I’ll post a photo, and you all give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. I’ve contacted last week’s winner. You all seem to be enjoying this!  At the end of the month, I’ll post all of the photos again with the captions.

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I took this third photo in Shipshewana. I love everything about this photo! What you can’t see is that behind these 4 children were the parents, also on bicycles.

Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.

Blessings,

V

 

Summer Photos, Week 2

Amish photos, Contest, Shipshewana Series

Photo #2, Summer Fun

For the month of July are having fun with photos. I’ll post a photo, and you all give me a caption. Then we’ll pick one of your captions as the winner, and you can receive a book of your choice. Last week’s winner was Patricia. I had a really hard time choosing. You all did good work! At the end of the month, I’ll post all of the photos again with the captions.

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I took this second photo on one of my visits to Shipshewana. It always brings  a smile to my face when I look at it.

Remember to leave us a caption in the comment section.

Blessings,

V